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Social Security Disability

Accomplished Wisconsin Attorneys Help Disabled Clients File for Social Security Disability

Dedicated legal support for SSDI and SSI claimants

At Fitzpatrick, Skemp & Associates, LLC, we are determined to help you get the Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits you need. Because our legal team has a century of combined experience representing disabled and elderly clients just like you, we have an in-depth understanding of the claims process and the requirements set by the Social Security Administration (SSA). We can quickly evaluate your situation and determine if you are eligible to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). And if your claim is denied, we can help you file an appeal to have your application re-evaluated by different examiners.

Determining whether you meet the eligibility requirements for SSDI

If you become disabled before the age of retirement, you may be eligible to receive SSDI. However, for the SSA to accept your application, you must meet certain criteria, including these:

  • Severity of disability — Your disability must be so severe that it is expected to last for at least a year and it interferes with your ability to perform basic work activities. It must also be included in a list of medical conditions that meet the SSA’s strict definition of “disability.”
  • Inability to resume work — To be eligible for benefits, your disability must prevent you from doing the work you did previously.
  • Inability to work anywhere — The SSA considers your medical conditions and age, education, past work experience and any transferable skills to determine if you are able to perform any other work. If your disability prevents you from working anywhere, your application should be approved.

The SSA does not pay out benefits to claimants who are partially disabled or suffer a short-term disability. Our attorneys will take the time to understand your circumstances so we can help you assemble the relevant medical records and file your application completely and accurately, increasing your chancing of receiving benefits.

Advocating for clients seeking SSI benefits

Supplemental Security Income benefits are based on income rather than work history, so these benefits are available to disabled adults and children with a very limited income. To qualify, you must meet the SSA’s definition of “disabled” and have little or no income and less than $2,000 in assets. Claimants who have worked long enough may be able to collect both SSDI and SSI benefits depending on their income level. We understand that these payments are essential for people in great financial and physical distress, so we help clients file SSI claims and appeal denials.

Assistance with both SSDI and SSI appeals

Many initial SSD claims are denied, so there is no reason to give up if yours is among them. Even if someone else helped you to submit your claim, we can review it and file a request for reconsideration. Should this effort fail, our recourse is to request a hearing with an administrative law judge (ALJ), where you can present additional evidence and further explain your initial claim. If the ALJ denies your claim, you still have the option of filing an appeal with the Social Security Appeals Council and, ultimately, in federal court. We will be with you each step of the way to help you get the payments you need and deserve.

Contact skilled La Crosse Social Security Disability attorneys

Fitzpatrick, Skemp & Associates, LLC provides trusted guidance for all SSD matters in Wisconsin and Eastern Minnesota. Please call 608-433-0305 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation with an attorney at our La Crosse office today.

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  • La Crosse Office
    123 South 7th Street
    P.O. Box 0519
    La Crosse, Wisconsin 54602
    Phone: 608-406-2282
    Fax: 608-784-4908